Brother (2000 film)
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2014)|
|Directed by||Takeshi Kitano|
|Produced by||Masayuki Mori
|Written by||Takeshi Kitano|
|Music by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Edited by||Takeshi Kitano|
|Distributed by||Shochiku Co., Ltd.|
|Running time||114 minutes|
Brother is a 2000 film starring, written, directed and edited by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. It is also his fifth collaboration with renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. This was also Kitano's first collaboration with designer Yohji Yamamoto.
As time passes, Yamamoto and his new gang emerge as a powerful force, gradually expanding their turf to an extent that they must confront the Mafia. The Mafia's attacks are ruthless, and soon Yamamoto and his gang are driven into a disastrous situation of no return as they are hunted down one by one.
- Beat Takeshi - Yamamoto, also referred to as Aniki (meaning elder brother)
- Omar Epps - Denny
- Tetsuya Watari - Jinseikai Boss
- Claude Maki - Ken
- Masaya Kato - Shirase, the "boss of Little Tokyo"
- Susumu Terajima - Kato, Yamamoto's lieutenant
- Royale Watkins - Jay
- Lombardo Boyar - Mo
- Ren Osugi - Harada
- Ryo Ishibashi - Ishihara
- James Shigeta - Sugimoto
- Tatyana Ali - Latifa
- Makoto Otake - Chief of police
- Kouen Okumura - Hanaoka
- Naomasa Musaka - Hisamatsu
- Rino Katase - Night club Madame
- Joy Nakagawa - Marina, Yamamoto's girlfriend
- Amaury Nolasco - Victor
- Tuesday Knight - Prostitute
|Soundtrack album by Joe Hisaishi|
|Released||27 January 2001|
|Label||Polygram, Silva America|
All compositions by Joe Hisaishi.
- "Drifter... in LAX"
- "Death Spiral"
- "Party (One Year Later)"
- "On the Shore"
- "Blood Brother"
- "Raging Men"
- "Beyond the Control"
- "Wipe Out"
- "Liberation from the Death"
- "I Love You, Aniki"
- "Brother (Remix version)"
At the time of its release, Brother was hyped as Kitano's vehicle for breaking into the United States film market. The film has a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Roger Ebert, who has praised all of Kitano's films he has seen, complimented Kitano in his review, but ultimately denounced the film with a rating of two out of four stars, writing that "Brother is a typical Kitano film in many ways, but not one of his best ones."
On his side, Kitano self-admitted in an interview, that he was not fully satisfied with the final result of Brother and that he regretted his "Hollywood" adventure which was supposed to bring him a broader audience with a higher exposure. Therefore, Kitano confessed he had no intention of shooting outside Japan again.
The theatrical release of Brother in the US (and, therefore, the corresponding Sony Pictures Classics Region 1 DVD) contains a censored version of the film. Approximately one minute of footage was cut and various scenes digitally edited to remove blood, primarily so the film could attain an "R" rating. Most of the edits were for violence, although several key/memorable scenes were edited.
- Brother at the Internet Movie Database
- Brother at Rotten Tomatoes
- Brother at AllMovie
- Brother at Box Office Mojo
- Official website